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Watch a Tesla Model X tow a passenger airplane down a runway
16 May 2018, 05:34 | Cesar Cruz
A Tesla just towed a Qantas Dreamliner
On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport, a TeslaModel X P100D came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. It's not the first time that we've used an electric vehicle has been used to tow a Qantas aircraft as the company has been using electric aircraft tugs at Sydney and Canberra and they're being used to reduce greenhouse emissions. Recently at a Melbourne airport, Tesla'sModel X SUV was connected to one of Qantas' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. It is the heaviest weight towed by a production electric auto in the world.
Now, Tesla and Qantas have teamed up for a more up-to-date take on the same stunt.
The event not only proved Tesla'stowing power, but it also kick-started Qantas's new sustainability campaign, showing how innovation can increase sustainability in the transportation industry.
Although it's rated to tow 2500kg, the Model X managed to pull the 130,000 kg airplane almost 300 meters.
Admittedly, there were no passengers or cargo on the plane - there was some fuel onboard - but it was still a fair way above the Model X's 2.5-tonne tow rating, nonetheless. The TeslaModel X P100D's electric motor generates an impressive 1,072Nm of torque.
You know that thing about ants carrying many multiples of their own body weight, well a Tesla Model X towing a massive plane is kind of like that. In an event in India, Tata Hexa pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 a year ago for 73 meters, which is highly impressive.
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